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Apple Weaving: Contrasting Colors Art Lesson

"Over, under, over, under" I say to myself as we worked on our latest art project.

We've done a few weaving projects before and they can be quite tricky to get the hang of... or maybe it's just me!   But weaving is a great activity to work on fine motor skills-- and contrasting colors!

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As shared in our curriculum plans for my Kindergartener, I mentioned rowing a book very casually.  This activity was inspired by the Five in a Row art lesson for the book, How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World.  The book suggested talking about contrasting colors, so to keep with our apple theme I set up this activity for my 5-year-old.

Weaving Project for Kids


 It helps to have an understanding of the color wheel prior to learning about contrasting colors, so I brought out this awesome color wheel puzzle I picked up from Target a while back.

contrast colors art lesson for kids

We began talking about primary colors and secondary colors, and how we can make more colors from those!  I mentioned how contrasting/ complimentary colors ''stand out'' from each other.

To find contrasting colors, look for colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel:

red and green | yellow and purple | blue and orange

After a brief overview, we began our contrasting colors apple art project!

From each pair above, cut a large apple like shape and use a paper cutter to make strips of the other color.

Gently fold the apple shape in half and cut slits-- but be sure not to cut the edges.

contrast colors apple lesson

After everything has been prepped, begin weaving the strips under, over, under, over through the apple.

Cut off excess paper and add a brown stem and green leaf to the apple.

Continue again with the other colors.

weaving craft

Such a simple project involving so many skills!  Enjoy this colorful apple weaving art project and have fun reading, How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World!

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